Thursday, January 21, 2016

A New Still Life: From Sketch to Finish

 "Burnt Out (Lemons)"
18 x 14" oil on canvas

I've been working on some larger still lives for a big show this spring, here in Eugene. Before diving into a painting that will take me several days to complete, I like to do an oil sketch....just to make sure I really want to commit.
And to warm up.
And to work out any compositional issues.
And because I love painting small, black and white studies. 

 "Burnt Out (oil sketch)"
approx. 11 x 8 inches, oil on Arches oil paper

Can you spot the compositional issue I worked out from sketch to final painting? It's subtle, but I shifted everything over to the left a bit.

Here's a progression, click to see it bigger:

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